WEREWOLFOh, the hunger of the moonHow she makes them howl and croonCursed to feed on human fleshThey hunt and feast. Make quite the mess.
A popular shapeshifter, the werewolf is an oldie, but a goodie, and has seen a resurgence thanks to the jean-wearing, shirtless packs in young adult fiction. Yet, werewolves aren't to be considered domesticated. Far from it.
These beasties have bite and they've been around for a long, long time.
From the jackal-headed, Egyptian god, Anubis, who protected the dead and their tombs, to the founding brothers of Rome, Remus and Romulus, suckled by a she-wolf, and the Christian, dog-headed, Saint Christopher, who in his younger years consumed human flesh and used a guttural mode of speech - believe us when we say werewolves deserve more respect than being regarded as hot-guy eye candy.
Most aren't boy-friend/girl-friend material. Ruled by the moon, cursed to transform, to kill - werewolves come with a lot of baggage. But as with our modern take on the vampire, lately these fierce beasties are seeking redemption and falling in love with humans - it's almost an epidemic.
Werewoves are not to be confused with those suffering from the congenital disorder known as hypertrichosis which causes abnormal and excessive hair growth over the victim's entire body. Including the palms of their hands, likely the origin of one main method of werewolf identification - hairy palms.
SURVIVAL TIP: Werewolves are equally attracted to and repelled by the wolfsbane plant - use it wisely. Silver bullets or even a silver dagger, butter knife, or spoon to the heart will take one down.
Think werewolves make good pets? Not so much? What other "W" claws at your insides?
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